Board of Supervisors Agrees to Pay New Employees’ Pension Contribution

Based on the recommendations by the Joint Administrative Services Board, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to pay the employee portion of the Virginia Retirement System fee for government employees hired or rehired on or after July 1, 2010.

Changes made by state lawmakers during the General Assembly this year gave localities the option of withdrawing up to 5 percent of a new employees’ pay, beginning July 1, 2010, as a retirement contribution.

The Board of Supervisors discussed the option and voiced concerns. Supervisor A.R. “Pete” Dunning Jr. cast the only vote against the motion.

“The state has not paid what it’s supposed to pay,” he said. “Now they want us to bail them out.” Dunning characterized his vote as, “a vote of disgust.”

The ramifications of the vote are not long term since the decision to pay the fees can be changed on a yearly basis. However, Supervisor John Staelin pointed out that it would be hard to stop paying the fees once the county government had started.


  1. Patriot says:

    Kudos to the Board of Supervisors

  2. Lonnie Bishop says:

    The county is already paying this compensation for those employees of the constitutional officers – the Sheriff’s department, etc. Extending this compensation to new teachers and others maintains a little equity among county employees, and keeps Clarke competitive. I agree with Supervisor Dunning that the state has passed on a burden to the local government, but I’m glad that this passed.

  3. I believe that there may be a misunderstanding concerning the VRS payments for teachers.
    The matter was discussed at a May 24th Joint Administrative Services (JAS) meeting, which is a joint body composed of county and school members – including the Chairman of the SB and the school Superintendent – and which makes recommendations to the respective boards. The unanimous recommendation made to each board was to pay for the 5% VRS employee portion.
    The BOS can only vote for county employees.
    It is the School Board that voted at its June 7th meeting to pay the 5% VRS teacher portion.


    CDN – Thank you for the clarification

    • Right Winger says:

      Explain to us why you were against the bond referendum, but now see fit to oversee the hopefully eventual building of a sub-standard Middle, I mean, High School?

  4. Pete Dunning cast the only vote against the motion! Imagine that!

  5. clarkehaven says:

    it is a shame that we ALL can’t work for the government….well maybe someday.